Ohio State Odds to Win National Championship Game

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Key Takeaways:

  • Ohio State's odds to win the National Championship Game are now off the board.
  • The Buckeyes did not make the College Football Playoff in 2023, meaning they cannot win the National Championship Game.
  • Ohio State's odds to win the championship were at +5000 prior to Week 14.

Ohio State has established itself as a college football powerhouse, but was not able to make the College Football Playoff in 2023 following a loss to Michigan. The Buckeyes have not reached the National Championship Game since the 2020 season, in which they lost 52-24 to Alabama.

Latest Ohio State Odds to Win the National Championship

The Buckeyes are currently off the board to win the National Championship Game after failing to make the playoffs. The Buckeyes had the eighth-best college football odds to win the National Championship Game prior to Week 14.

Below is a list of eligible Ohio college football teams which are all currently off the board to win the championship.

Ohio State BuckeyesOTB
Cincinnati BearcatsOTB
Toledo RocketsOTB
Bowling Green FalconsOTB
Kent State Golden FlashesOTB
Miami (OH) RedHawksOTB
Ohio BobcatsOTB
Akron ZipsOTB

Ohio State College Football Week-by-Week Championship Odds

Below is the fluctuation of Ohio State's championship odds from the beginning of the season until the end. Odds come from FanDuel and ESPN BET.

  • Preseason: +700
  • After Week 1: +850
  • After Week 2: +850
  • After Week 3: +1000
  • After Week 4: +850
  • After Week 5: +750
  • After Week 6: +900
  • After Week 7: +900
  • After Week 8: +700
  • After Week 9: +700
  • After Week 10: +700
  • After Week 11: +850
  • After Week 12: +550
  • After Week 13: +5000
  • After Week 14: OTB

Latest Updates Impacting Ohio State Buckeyes' National Championship Odds

To keep Buckeyes fans in the loop and bettors having the best possible outcome on their wagers, let's dive into a few impactful dates that impacted the 2023 National Championship odds.

  • 🗓️ December 3: The Buckeyes are announced to compete in the 2023 Cotton Bowl against No. 9-ranked Missouri.
  • 🗓️ December 3: Ohio State comes in at No. 7 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, meaning the team will not compete in the tournament.
  • 🗓️ November 25: Ohio State loses to Michigan 30-24, lengthening the Buckeyes' championship odds.
  • 🗓️ October 23: Backup quarterback Devin Brown is out for a "couple" weeks after an injury against Penn State.
  • 🗓️ August 21: Josh Simmons and Josh Fryar settle as starters at right and left tackle.
  • 🗓️ August 21: Ryan Day says he plans to handle most of offensive play-calling.
  • 🗓️ August 14: Linebacker and captain Kourt Williams II tears his ACL.
  • 🗓️ May 9: The Buckeyes get a commitment from Ole Miss transfer defensive tackle Tywone Malone.
  • 🗓️ April 27-29: The Buckeyes lose key pieces like C.J. Stroud, Paris Johnson Jr., and Jaxon Smith-Njigba to the NFL Draft.

Be sure to bookmark this page as several more will be released as the season progresses.

Key Contributors on the Ohio State Roster

Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. was among the favorites to win the Heisman entering the season. Check out the latest Marvin Harrison Jr. Heisman odds before you place a bet. Couple his talents with a pro-style offense and the No. 1 receiver from the class of 2020, Julian Fleming, and the Buckeyes offense was one of the most lethal in the NCAA. Kyle McCord, a junior, is the signal-caller, and he paced the Buckeyes offense, one that has had its fair share of ups and downs.

Ohio State has ample experience on their defense as well. The Buckeyes brought back their top three tackles from their 2022 season. Redshirt seniors Tommy Eichenberg and Steele Chambers might not be the most high-profile names, but they captain a defense that returned its core players. Those two led the team in tackles with returning senior safety Lathan Ransom third. This defense is real and a key reason why the Buckeyes are a top-10 team.

Sportsbooks Available To Bet on College Football Championship Odds

One can bet on college football odds at any legal sportsbook in Ohio or on any legal betting app. Every sportsbook will undoubtedly have National Championship odds. Sports betting in Ohio is and can be done through BetMGM, FanDuel, Betway, or Caesars.

Will Ohio State Win the National Championship in 2023-24?

Ohio State showed competence against top-tier opponents, beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Penn State. However, the Buckeyes lost to Michigan in their yearly rivalry game, effectively ruining Ohio State's College Football Playoff chances. So Ohio State cannot win the national championship in 2023-24 due to failing to make the playoffs – however, with the playoffs set to expand to 12 teams in 2024, the Buckeyes have a good shot to get back to the playoffs next year.

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Ohio State National Championship History

Ryan Day has captained the Ohio State Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in just one of his four seasons, but he has been in the semifinal game in three of his last four, losing two of them. He lost 2019 to Clemson 29-23, beat Clemson 49-28 the following season then lost 42-41 to Georgia in 2022. In its lone championship appearance since 2014, Day lost to Alabama 52-24.

Ohio State football, in 2014, won the Big Ten East then destroyed Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten Conference Championship. The Buckeyes then took down Alabama 42-35 and Oregon 42-20 to win the 2014 College Football Playoff National Championship. Ohio State has eight claimed national title trophies, only two of which are in this century (2002 and 2014).

Which Ohio College Football Teams Have Won the National Championship?

Ohio State is the only program in Ohio to have a national championship title under its belt. There haven't been many other programs to get overly close to winning the coveted trophy.

Cincinnati reached No. 4 in the AP Poll in 2009, and it also reached that in a one-loss season in 2021. In 2021, behind now-Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder, the Bearcats won 13 games and the American conference, but they lost 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl to Alabama.

Where Can You Bet on Ohio State to Win the National Championship?

Ohio has 20 online sportsbooks, several retail sportsbooks and over 900 kiosks. As long as you are 21 years of age or older, you can bet on eligible teams to win the National Championship. However, since Ohio State is not in the 2023-24 playoffs, you can no longer bet on Ohio State to win the championship.

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Nathan, a lifelong Cincinnatian, has covered the Bengals and Buckeyes at various outlets for the last half decade. He is most proud to have attended both wins of the Bengals' 2-14 season in 2019. Nathan is our go-to expert for all things Bengals and Buckeyes.

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